The digitization of law and of law reporting has greatly facilitated the transmission and use of images in legal decisions. While advocates have long been aware of the persuasive value of graphs, photographs, film, animatrix, the manipulation of images in judicial decisions has received little sustained attention. This article reviews the literature on the visual turn in legal studies and applies its lessons, historical and theoretical, to the apprehension of the juristic value and precedential status of images in judgments. The visual apparatuses of law are increasingly becoming its primary mode not only of transmission but also of reasoning, authorizing and judging. Such a dramatic shift in forum and medium to the online and digital necessitates a comparable transfer of method, a movement to sensuous apprehension, ad apparentiam, by appearance, in place of the traditional hermeneutic ad similia, or by analogy.
See Louis-George SchwartzMechanical Witness: A History of Motion Picture Evidence in U.S. Courts (Oxford: Oxford University Press2009) for an adumbration of the early history of the admissibility of photographs and film in court. Richard Sherwin Visualizing Law provides a survey of current developments and so too Wagner and Sherwin (eds) Law Culture and Visual Studies (New York: Springer 2014).
Piero ValerianoHieroglyphica sive de sacris Aegyptiorum literis commentarii (Basle: np1556) and see the commentary of Peter Manning in Abraham Fraunce Philosophiae symbolicae liber quartus  (New York: ams Press 1991).
Friedrich NietzscheTwlight of the Idols (Edinburgh: T.N. Foulis1911) (How the real world became a myth) discussed at length in Paolo Bertetto Le mirroir et le simulacra: Le cinéma dans le monde devenu fable (Rennes: Presses Universitaire de Rennes 2014).